Monday, July 24, 2017

Western Style for the Non-Cowgirl


I have never been one of those girls that sings country songs in the car, wears short shorts and cowboy boots, and love cowboys. When I was a kid, my dad would every once and awhile attempt to wear cowboy boots out in public, and I refused to go with him unless he changed. For the record, we lived in the suburbs, not on a farm. Western style was just not my thing.

So when we decided this month to do a girls road trip to Calgary for Stampede (a big rodeo event), I was less than enthused about finding some outfits to wear. Did I even have anything in my closet that was western enough for Stampede?? Did I even want to wear anything western??

As it turns out, if you're willing to get a bit creative and do some thrifting, dressing western doesn't have to be painful (and you might actually like it, even if you don't usually). This outfit combines three elements: some things I already owned, something new, and something thrifted. After all, I didn't want to break the bank for an outfit I may only wear a few times. I also wanted it to be something I actually felt comfortable in (ie. no stereotypical cowgirl style here). I started with the dress you see here, which I bought from Urban Behaviour years ago. I figured the ruffle would be cute, and the leather braided belt felt a bit western. I also had this perfect bronze antler necklace from BEL Jewelry Boutique (handmade in Alberta!) and thought it would be great for accessorizing.

Then I headed to Value Village and scoured the racks for anything western. I ended up finding these cute little suede ankle boots from Aldo that have a western style to them. I was so thrilled to find them, since I really wasn't keen on wearing cowboy boots. At $9.99 they were a steal, and I'm actually going to keep them after Stampede because they're pretty versatile!

Then I popped into Old Navy where I found this super cute denim jean jacket. I had searched the mall previous to this and came up with nothing cheap, but this one was just 30 bucks! I didn't mind buying this new, as it's an item I've been wanting this summer anyway. It looks cute with all kinds of dresses and skirts, so it'll definitely get more use. And for Stampede, I figured it would tie the western outfit together nicely. As you may have noticed, I managed to avoid the usual cowboy hat, boots and 'daisy dukes', but I think the outfit still feels somewhat country.

If you're struggling to come up with a western outfit, and aren't the biggest country fan (like me), then I hope this gives you some ideas for your own styling!











Jacket - Old Navy | Dress - Urban Behaviour | Necklace - BEL Jewelry Boutique | Purse - Gap (thrifted via Value Village) | Boots - Aldo Haviax (thrifted via Value Village)







Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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